Match Against 2002 World Cup Runners Up to Be Held at World Cup Stadium;
Broadcast Live on ESPN at 2:25 p.m. ET
CHICAGO (December 14, 2005) — The U.S. Men’s National Team continues preparing for the 2006 FIFA World Cup when they meet Germany on March 22, 2006, in Dortmund, Germany, one off 12 cities hosting matches in the tournament next summer. Kickoff at the Westfalenstadion is set for 8 p.m. in Germany (2:25 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
The match against the 2002 FIFA World Cup runners up comes less than three months before the quadrennial tournament begins June 9 in Munich.
“As we experienced in the preparation for the 2002 World Cup, the chance to play in the host country before the tournament will be an invaluable experience for our team,” said U.S. Manager Bruce Arena, who has a 2-2-0 lifetime record against Germany, including his first-ever victory as coach of the MNT, a 3-0 win on Feb. 6, 1999 in Jacksonville, Fla. “In this case, the fact that Germany is the host country will serve us even better. We expect to benefit from the opportunity.”
The U.S. has played Germany seven times dating back to 1993, with the Germans holding a 5-2-0 lifetime advantage. Most recently, Germany ended the USA’s historic run through the 2002 FIFA World Cup with a 1-0 quarterfinal victory on June 21, 2002 in Ulsan, Korea. The teams met once before on German soil, a 4-2 loss for the U.S. on March 27, 2002, in Rostock in the USA’s penultimate match prior to selecting their World Cup roster.
Currently ranked eighth in the FIFA World Rankings, the U.S. concluded 2005 with a 13-3-4 record, an all-time high for wins and the best-ever winning percentage (.750) in a season where the team has played more than 10 games, breaking the record of .733 set just last year when the U.S. went 8-1-6 in 15 games. The USA became the first team to qualify from CONCACAF for the FIFA World Cup when they defeated Mexico 2-0 on Sept. 3, 2005 in Columbus, Ohio, on MatchDay 7 of the final round hexagonal. The victory ensured that the USA would finish in the top spot in CONCACAF for the first time since 1934.
Three-time FIFA World Cup champions, the Germans have qualified successfully for every World Cup finals they have entered. With 16 overall appearances, they are second only to Brazil (18). The first team to advance to the championship game in three consecutive World Cups (in 1982, ’86 and 1990, all as West Germany), Germany are now led by manager Jurgen Klinsmann. The former international striker scored the insurance goal in their 2-0 victory against the U.S. on June 15, 1998, in the second group game of France ’98.
The USA will kickoff their 2006 FIFA World Cup preparations when they host Canada at Torero Stadium on January 22, 2006, in San Diego, Calif. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT. Television coverage will be announced at a later date, and the match will also be available online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
Tickets starting at $25 are now on sale at ussoccer.com, at the University of San Diego’s Jenny Craig Pavilion Box Office (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and by phone at 619-260-7550 (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets through the University of San Diego by calling 619-260-7550.
The USA was drawn into Group E for the 2006 FIFA World Cup along with the Czech Republic, Ghana, and Italy. The U.S. plays their opening match against the Czechs on June 12 in Gelsenkirchen at 12 p.m. ET. Five days later, the USA faces Italy in Kaiserslautern, then finishes off group play against Ghana on June 22 in Nuremberg. The U.S. has chosen the northern port city of Hamburg as their base of operations throughout the tournament.
U.S. MNT 2006 FIFA World Cup Schedule
|10||June 12||USA vs. Czech Republic||Gelsenkirchen||12 p.m.|
|25||June 17||Italy vs. USA||Kaiserslautern||3 p.m.|
|42||June 22||Ghana vs. USA||Nuremberg||10 a.m.|
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