U.S. Men’s National Team Will Face Austria in an International Friendly Nov. 19 in Vienna
CHICAGO (Oct. 11, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Austria in Vienna on Nov. 19 in the last match of 2013. It will be just the third time the two countries have faced one another in international play and first since 1998.
The match against Austria, set to be broadcast in the U.S. on NBC Sports Network, will be the second of a two-game, European Tour that also includes an ESPN-televised friendly against Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow on Nov. 15. Broadcast details for the match against Austria will be at a later date.
The U.S. MNT’s friendly with Austria will be the first meeting between the two nations since April 22, 1998. In that match, the USA left Vienna with a 3-0 victory thanks to goals by Frankie Hejduk, Brian McBride and Claudio Reyna.
The U.S., which qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil with a 2-0 victory over Mexico on Sept. 10, won the Final Round of World Cup Qualifying with a 2-0 victory tonight against Jamaica at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. The U.S. currently has 19 points from nine games. The team has one match remaining against Panama on Oct. 15 in Panama City (9:30 p.m. ET, beIN SPORT).
Austria, currently ranked 47th in the world by FIFA, sits third in UEFA World Cup Qualifying Group C behind Germany and Sweden and has been eliminated from qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
U.S. assistant coach Andreas Herzog played for Austria from 1988-2003 as a midfielder. A former captain for the national team, he is the most capped player in Austrian history with 103 appearances.