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GOLD CUP 2000 TO FEATURE A CONSTELLATION OF WORLD CLASS PLAYERS
As Gold Cup 2000 competing national teams begin to file their preliminary roster lists, more and more names of regional and world class players are being revealed every day clearly signaling that the first Gold Cup of the new millennium will provide top level football.

Here's a rundown of the rosters received to date:

- The "Reggae Boys" of JAMAICA will field a first rate team that includes forwards Marcus Gayle (Wimbledon, England) and "Neon" Deon Burton (Derby County, England) and midfielder Theodore Whitmore.

- COSTA RICA's roster includes Paulo Wanchope (West Ham United, England) and prolific scorer Rolando Fonseca. Veteran midfielders Hernan Medford and Wilmer Lopez have also been called up.

- Team captain and feared striker Carlos Pavon (Atletico Celaya, Mexico) is the leader of a potent HONDURAN team that also includes strikers Milton "Tyson" Nuñez and Wilmer Velazquez. Offensive minded defender Milton Reyes and midfielder Jorge Samuel Caballero are among the other talented players in the squad.

- GUATEMALAN striker Juan Carlos Plata comes back aiming to score more memorable goals, like the one he scored against Brazil in their 1-1 draw in the 1998 edition. Defender German Ruano, voted the country's best player by the Guatemalan press, will anchor the defensive line with veteran goalkeeper Edgar Estrada.

- PERU's head coach Francisco Maturana has called up several Europe based players, including midfielder Norberto Solano (Newcastle, England), defender Percy Olivares (Panathinaikos, Greece) and sensational 21-year old attacker Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen, Germany).

- CANADA's roster includes strikers Paul Peschisolido (Fulham, England) and Carlo Corazzin (Northampton Town, England). The latter finished as the top scorer in the 1999 Gold Cup playoffs in Los Angeles with three goals.

The other competing teams will provide preliminary lists in the upcoming days.

A final 18-player list must be received by the Confederation 15 days prior to the first match of the tournament.

Click here for preliminary lists.

A final 18-player list must be received by the Confederation 15 days prior to the first match of the tournament.

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The Gold Cup, featuring nine qualifiers from the Confederation of North, Central American Caribbean Association Football and three invited teams, kicks off in Miami on February 12 with a double header of USA vs. Haiti and Colombia vs. Jamaica and concludes with the Final in Los Angeles on February 27.

All reserved seats for the Confederation's major tournament for national teams will be available through Ticketmaster in each of the three venues with prices for each of the double headers as low as $25.

General Admission tickets for Miami, begin at $16 for the double headers at the Orange Bowl. San Diego and Los Angeles General Admission tickets begin at $20.

To purchase reserved tickets in Miami, please call Ticketmaster: Dade County (305) 358 5885, Broward County (954) 523-3309, and Palm Beach County (561) 966-3309. For more information and to purchase General Admission tickets call (305) 377-2767.

In Los Angeles, call Ticketmaster: (213) 480-3232, (714) 740-2000 or (805) 583-8700. In San Diego, the Ticketmaster number is: (619) 220-TIXS.

Or order on line at www.ticketmaster.com

Gold Cup 2000 Groups and Full Schedule of Matches:
Group A - Jamaica, Colombia, Honduras - Miami
Group B - USA, Peru, Haiti - Miami
Group C - Mexico, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago - San Diego
Group D - Costa Rica, South Korea, Canada - Los Angeles

Schedule of games:

February 12 Saturday Miami
7 pm USA vs Haiti
9 pm Colombia vs Jamaica
February 13 Sunday San Diego
12 pm Costa Rica vs Canada
2 pm Mexico vs Trinidad
February 14 Monday Miami
7 pm Jamaica vs Honduras
9 pm Haiti vs Peru
February 15 Tuesday Los Angeles
7 pm Trinidad vs Guatemala
9 pm South Korea vs Canada
February 16 Wednesday Miami
7 pm Honduras vs Colombia
9 pm Peru vs USA
February 17 Thursday Los Angeles
7 pm South Korea vs Costa Rica
9 pm Mexico vs Guatemala
February 19 Saturday Miami
3 pm Winner Group B vs Runner Up Group A
5:30 pm Winner Group A vs Runner up Group B
February 20 Sunday San Diego
12 pm Winner Group D vs Runner Up Group C
2:30 pm Winner Group A vs Runner up Group B
February 23 Wednesday San Diego - Semi Finals
8 pm Winners of Miami Quarter Finals
February 24 Thursday Los Angeles - Semi Finals
8 pm Winners of San Diego Quarter Finals
February 27 Sunday Los Angeles - Finals
12 pm Winners of the Semi-Finals

NOTE TO THE MEDIA: Credential forms for Gold Cup 2000 can be downloaded directly from our official web site. The deadline to receive all completed applications is January 21.
ROAD TO GOLD CUP 2000
- Trinidad & Tobago and Canada played to a scoreless draw. The match between the two Gold Cup bound teams took place in Port of Spain, Trinidad, January 8th. The Canadians will face Bermuda in the second and final game of their one-week tour of the Caribbean today January 11.

- Mexico beat Iran, 2-1, in front of a crowd of 34,289 at the Oakland Coliseum on January 9th. The goals for the young Mexican squad were scored by two of the four veterans in the team, Luis Hernandez and Cuauhtemoc Blanco. Forward Ali Daei, scored for Iran.

- Meanwhile the USA is training for their match against Iran, January 16th at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California The confrontation against Iran carries special significance as the USA will seek a measure of revenge following their defeat to the Iranians at World Cup 1998. Head coach Bruce Arena is scheduled to cut the roster down to 25 players today January 11th.
FIFA CLUB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE. NECAXA WILL CHALLENGE VASCO DA GAMA FOR A SPOT TO THE FINAL
Confederation champions Rayos de Necaxa have represented Mexico and the region well at the inaugural FIFA Club World Championship winning one match and earning a draw against European champions Manchester United. Now, Necaxa will aim to qualify to the final against tournament favorites Vasco da Gama tonight at legendary Maracana Stadium.(20:45 local time).

"We will do all we can to win this match relying on our Mexican spirit," Necaxa head coach Raul Arias said.

A win against the powerful Brazilian squad would surely constitute a second "Maracanazo," reminiscent of the 2-1 win by Uruguay over favorites Brazil in front of a crowd of 203,500 at Maracana Stadium in the final of the 1950 World Cup.

Necaxa striker Christian Montecinos is among the tournament's top strikers with two goals.

For more information click here FIFA Club World Championship
HONDA USA PLAYER OF THE YEAR TO BE ANNOUNCED FEBRUARY 13 IN MIAMI
The winner of the Ninth Annual Honda Player of the Year award will be announced February 13th in Miami. The award serves to honor the U.S. professional football player that has best represented the United States.

The award ceremony, organized by Futbol de Primera, will take place February 13th from 11 a.m. to 1:45 pm at the Sheraton Bal Harbour Beach Resort in Miami, Florida. Over 210 of the country's top journalists participated in the voting.

Futbol de Primera also announced the Honda Symposium, which will follow the awards ceremony. The panelists who will provide expert analysis on important issues facing U.S. and world football, are: Dr. Michel D'Hooghe, Vice President of FIFA and Chairman of FIFA's Sports Medical Committee; Keith Cooper, FIFA Director of Communications; and Marcelo Bielsa, Argentina's National Team head coach.

The Symposium is open to all media and invited guests.

For more information please contact Futbol de Primera at (415) 441-9800.
DR. EDGARDO CODESAL APPOINTED BY FIFA TO CONDUCT A COURSE FOR MLS REFEREES REGARDING TWO REFEREES EXPERIMENT
The FIFA Referee's Committee appointed Confederation's Referees Committee Chairman Dr. Edgardo Codesal to conduct a course for Major League Soccer referees regarding the two referees experiment. After conducting the course, Dr. Codesal will follow up the experiment periodically according to the schedule of MLS.
HAMM NAMED BEST WOMEN'S FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE CENTURY BY THE PRESTIGIOUS GERMAN FOOTBALL ORGANIZATION
United States forward Mia Hamm was named the World's Best Women's Football Player of the Century, by the prestigious International Federation of Football History and Statistics at the World Soccer Gala 2000 on January 4th, in Rotenberg/Fulda, Germany. Hamm, the world's all-time leading international goal scorer with 114, edged teammate and Women's World Cup all-time leading scorer Michelle Akers. Heidi Mohr of Germany, a veteran of the 1991 and '95 Women's World Cups, finished third. Rounding out the top six were Carolina Morace of Italy, the woman Hamm passed to own the world record, 1999 Women's World Cup Golden Ball winner Sissi of Brazil and Norwegian legend and long-time captain Linda Medalen, herself a veteran of three World Cups and an Olympics.

The men's award went to the great Pele, followed by Johan Cryuff of Holland and "The Kaiser" Franz Beckenbauer.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Women's National Team will open its 2000 domestic campaign on Sunday, February 6, with a match against long-time rival Norway at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The game between the only two countries to ever win a Women's World Cup will kick-off at 2 p.m. local time.

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GOLD CUP 2000 TO FEATURE A CONSTELLATION OF WORLD CLASS PLAYERS

ROAD TO GOLD CUP 2000

FIFA CLUB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE. NECAXA WILL CHALLENGE VASCO DA GAMA FOR A SPOT TO THE FINAL

HONDA USA PLAYER OF THE YEAR TO BE ANNOUNCED FEBRUARY 13 IN MIAMI

DR. EDGARDO CODESAL APPOINTED BY FIFA TO CONDUCT A COURSE FOR MLS REFEREES REGARDING TWO REFEREES EXPERIMENT

HAMM NAMED BEST WOMEN'S FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE CENTURY BY THE PRESTIGIOUS GERMAN FOOTBALL ORGANIZATION

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