Wednesday, March 19, 2008

ATH: Nat Team to England

England - USA On May 28th
03/19/2008 8:19 PM

CHICAGO, IL (March 19, 2008) USSF -- The US National Team will travel to England for the first time since 1994 to meet the English National Team on May 28th in London. Kickoff at the new, 90,000-seat Wembley Stadium is set for 8pm local time (3pm ET), and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and Univision.

The ninth meeting between the countries will serve as preparation for both teams as they gear up for the start of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Ticket information for US fans wanting to travel to the England game will be announced shortly.

"We have consistently said that one of our goals is to play games against good opponents and in environments that will really challenge our team,” said US head coach Bob Bradley. “In addition to the quality of the English team, the tradition and passion for the sport in that country, the media focus, and the intensity of the fans all combine to make this a fantastic opportunity for our group. We are very pleased with the schedule we have put together to help us prepare for World Cup qualifying.”

With previously announced games against Poland on March 26 and Spain on June 4, the meeting with England will provide the US with an impressive three games on European soil in preparation for World Cup qualifying. The US will face Poland in Krakow at 3:30 ET (live on Fox Soccer Channel) and Spain at Estadio El Sardinero in Santander at 4pm ET.

The US begins the quest to qualify for their sixth-consecutive World Cup finals when they take on the winner of the first round series between Barbados and Dominica. The Caribbean nations drew 1-1 in the first leg on Feb. 6 in Dominica, with Barbados hosting the return leg on March 26 in Bridgetown. The US will host their first qualifier on June 15 at The Home Depot Center, with the second leg to be played between June 18-21 on the road.

The US and England last met on British soil at the original Wembley Stadium in London on Sept. 7, 1994, with the Three Lions earning a 2-0 victory. The teams last played on May 28, 2005, in Chicago where Clint Dempsey’s first international goal wasn’t enough to cancel out the pair from Kieran Richardson as England hung on for a 2-1 win before 47,637 fans at Soldier Field.

Courtesy of US Soccer Communications

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