U.S. Men's National Team To Face Seven-Time Africa Cup of Nations Champion Egypt on Feb. 9 in Cairo
CHICAGO (Dec. 13, 2010) â€” The U.S. Menâ€™s National Team will face seven-time and current Africa Cup of Nations champion Egypt on Feb. 9 at the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo. Kickoff and broadcast information will be announced at a later date. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker or at twitter.com/ussoccer.
â€œEgypt is an extremely talented and competitive team,â€ said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. â€œTheir performances in the Confederations Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations have demonstrated their ability to challenge the top teams in the world. To play against the champions of Africa in what will be a fantastic environment in Cairo is a great opportunity as we get ready for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.â€
The U.S. will face Egypt for the first time since the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, where itÂ defeated the Pharaohs 3-0 with goals from Charlie Davies, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey. The victory allowed the United States to reach its first final of a major FIFA competition after defeating No.1-ranked and current FIFA World Cup Champion Spain in the semifinal. The two teams have met twice in their history, with the United States collecting victories in both encounters. The teams first faced each other on June 8, 1987, in Seoul, South Korea when the U.S. collected a 3-1 victory.
Currently ranked No. 10 in the world, Egypt has been one of the dominant sides on the African continent, claiming a record seven Africa Cup of Nations titles, including a record-setting three consecutive titles in 2006, 2008, and the most recent championship from the tournament in Angola earlier this year. Going undefeated through all six matches, the Egyptians piled in 16 goals, including five by Mohamed Nagy, also known as â€˜Gedoâ€™. Team captain Ahmed Hassan, who was named Player of the Tournament in 2010, is the third most capped player in world history, having compiled 175 international appearances for Egypt. He is just three shy of the all-time leader, Mohammed Al Deayea from Saudi Arabia.
Egypt barely missed out on qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, losing in a one-game playoff to Algeria, the team that has now become a part of U.S. Soccer history after Landon Donovanâ€™s 91st minute goal gave the U.S. a 1-0 victory and a spot in the knockout phase.
The U.S. Menâ€™s National Team will play their first match of 2011 when they face Chile on Saturday, Jan. 22, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Kickoff for the match is set forÂ 7 p.m. PT, and broadcast information will be announced in the near future.
Tickets for the game against Chile starting at $18, plus special edition U.S. Soccer on-field seats for $150, are on sale to the public through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Southern California (including many Walmart and La Curacao locations). Fans can also buy tickets at The Home Depot Center weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages which include a premium ticket, a custom made official U.S. national team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits), are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.