Unique Soccer Doubleheader in Kingston, Jamaica, Will Feature Senior U.S. Men, Under-17 Men Versus Host Jamaicans on September 8
CHICAGO (Wednesday, August 11, 1999) - In what will be the first-ever U.S. National Team doubleheader played on foreign soil, the U.S. Men's National Team and the U-17 Men's Team will face their Jamaican counterparts on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. The U.S. and Jamaican U-17s will begin the evening with a match scheduled to kickoff at 5 p.m., with the senior teams providing the main attraction shortly after the opener.
The U.S. men are coming off a sensational third-place finish at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico, highlighted by a 2-0 victory over Germany in the all-important final group match, and a professional 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia to claim the tournament's bronze medal. Under Head Coach Bruce Arena, the U.S. men have cruised to a 7-3-1 record this year.
The U.S. and Jamaica have not met since drawing 0-0 and 1-1 during is two match series during CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in 1997. The U.S. has never lost to Jamaica, owning a 5-0-3 record since the teams first met in 1988.
The U-17 men, behind Head Coach John Ellinger, are in the midst of ongoing preparations for the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship, which will be held Nov. 11-27 in New Zealand. The American team were drawn into Group A, where they will play the host Kiwis in the opening match (Nov. 10) and follow that with matches against Poland (Nov. 13) and Uruguay (Nov. 16) to round out group play.
The USA U-17s will return to its residency training program at the Bollettieri Sports Academy in Bradenton, Fla., later this month before making the first of several international tours in preparation for the U-17 World Cup.
Arena will gather his pool of senior national team players in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Sunday, Sept. 5 for two days of training prior to the team's departure to Kingston on Tuesday, Sept. 7. U.S. Soccer will make an announcement on the players selected to the U.S. camp for the Jamaica match in the near future.
The U-17 men will fly to Jamaica on Sept. 5 after playing Brazil (Sept. 2) and Mexico (Sept. 3) during a mini-tournament in San Jose, Calif.
U.S. MEDIA IN JAMAICA: Media interested in covering the matches in Kingston should contact the U.S. Soccer Communications department, 312-808-1300. All media credentials will be arranged by U.S. Soccer through the Jamaican Football Federation.