When the U.S. arrives in South Africa in 2010, they will find themselves in three familiar venues ...
You may remember a small tournament the U.S. MNT played in earlier this year called the FIFA Confederations Cup. Along with it being the team's coming out party, the US also gained valuable knowledge of the venues they'll be using in 2010. Here is a look at a breakdown of the three stadiums the U.S. will see - again - in South Africa:
USA vs. England - Rustenburg
Rustenberg hosted the USA's final group game at the Confederations Cup, a famous 3-0 win against Egypt that vaulted them into an unlikely place in the tournament's semifinals.
USA vs. Slovenia - Johannesburg
Johannesburg became the site of the first-ever FIFA final that the United States men have played in. Entering that match in Ellis Park against Brazil, the U.S. had beaten Egypt and No. 1-ranked Spain, but came up just short of the championship.
USA vs. Algeria - Tshwane/Pretoria
Though the U.S. MNT might be more familiar with this venue than the others due to the amount of time spent here, they don't have the fondest of on-field memories. The U.S. played its first two group matches at the Confederations Cup at Loftus Versfield Stadium, coming away with two losses.