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All the President's men

Posted on 18 June 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Kasey Keller has revealed how a pep talk from the President helped USA to a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

The call came from George Bush as the States prepared for their second round clash against Mexico in Jeonju.

It was just the extra boost Bruce Arena's men needed as goals from Brian McBride and Landon Donovan secured a 2-0 win and a showdown against Germany for a place in the semi-finals.

Spurs goalkeeper Kasey, on the bench for the fourth time in the tournament, explained: "We were all called into a room at our hotel at about 11am our time and the President came through on speaker phone.

"He told us that he'd spoken to the Mexican president as well, talked to the coach, said the country was proud of us and wished us all the best.

"It's just what the sport needs. Our success here and the fact that the President has called the team and expressed his interest will do a lot for soccer back home.

"Of course, we'd all love to get to the stage where the President is saying that he just has to be at all of our World Cup matches, but this was a great incentive for everyone."

Naturally frustrated at sitting on the bench again Kasey was nevertheless delighted with his team-mates' display.

"I thought it was a fabulous performance and you know what, we thoroughly deserved to go through," he said.

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