CHICAGO (Tuesday, October 8, 2002) - The United States Men's National Team will return to international action on Sunday, November 17, as they welcome El Salvador to RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN. The United States has not faced an international opponent since the teamâ€™s historic quarterfinal finish at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in June. The team will train in the Washington, D.C. area beginning Nov. 11.
"The 2002 World Cup was obviously very successful for us, but now we must begin the next four-year cycle of building a team capable of qualifying for the World Cup in Germany in 2006,â€ said U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena. â€œI anticipate looking at many players over the next year, and the match against El Salvador will provide an opportunity to get a first look at some new faces. In addition, we are excited about the chance to play in one of the great soccer venues in the country in RFK Stadium.â€
The teams last met in the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal earlier this year, with Brian McBride netting a hat trick en route to a 4-0 U.S. victory January 27 at the Rose Bowl. The United States went on to capture the Gold Cup championship, beginning the impressive form that would carry through to Korea/Japan.
Tickets for the November 17 friendly, which is being presented to fans by Lego, range in price from $22 to $50 and will be available starting this Thursday (October 10) at 10 a.m. ET through all TicketMaster outlets (D.C. 202-432-7328; Baltimore 410-481-7328; Northern Virginia 703-573-7328; out of state 1-800-551-7328). Discount rates for groups of 20 or more are available by calling the D.C. United ticket offices at 703-478-6600. Complete ticket infomation is available at ussoccer.com.
The United States holds an 8-1-4 lifetime advantage against El Salvador, and has never lost a meeting on home soil. The Nov. 17 match will mark the first contest between the fellow CONCACAF nations in Washington, D.C., where the U.S. has collected an 8-3-3 record. RFK last hosted an international friendly May 12 of this year, when the USA beat Uruguay 2-1 during the â€œNike Road to Korea.â€
The U.S. has posted an impressive 11-6-2 record in 2002, going unbeaten in the first five matches of the year in capturing the 2002 Gold Cup championship in February. The teamâ€™s performance reached a pinnacle during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, as the United States advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in 72 years.