U.S. Men's National Team to Face Bolivia in First International Match of 1999
CHICAGO (Tuesday, December 15, 1998) - The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team will travel to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, in January to play an international friendly versus the Bolivian National Team on Sunday, January 24, 1999. The international match, organized after the '99 FIFA/Confederations Cup was re-scheduled for July, will be the USA's first of 1999.
Prior to the match, new U.S. National Team head coach Bruce Arena will gather the U.S. squad for a training camp at a yet to be determined site in Florida. The United States will train at this location from January 9-19 before traveling to Santa Cruz for the match. The exact plans for the U.S. training camp are being finalized and will be available in next Monday's U.S. Soccer Wire.
The U.S. roster for the January training camp will be announced by U.S. Soccer later this week.
The match poses an interesting reunion for Arena, who will likely face a pair of his former D.C. United players - Bolivians Marco Etcheverry and Jaime Moreno. Etcheverry, the 1998 MLS Most Valuable Player, and Moreno combined to make up one of the most lethal offenses in American soccer. This attack played an important role in Arena's D.C. United team that won five titles in three years - the first two MLS Cups (1996 & '97), the 1996 U.S. Open Cup, the 1998 CONCACAF Champions Cup and most recently the 1998 Interamerican Cup.
Also probable for Bolivian team duty is the Tampa Bay Mutiny's Mauricio Ramos.
The USA has never defeated Bolivia (0-2-3 record) in five attempts dating back to 1993. The teams last met during U.S. Cup '96 in Washington, D.C., when the South Americans topped the U.S., 2-0, at RFK Stadium. Bolivia is ranked 60th in the most recent FIFA world rankings (Nov. 18). Comparatively, the U.S. was ranked 22nd in the FIFA rankings.
Following is a look at the confirmed matches for the U.S. National Team in 1998. Originally scheduled for January, the FIFA Confederations Cup has been re-scheduled for July 25 - Aug. 8.
|Date||Opponent||Location||Kickoff / TV||Tickets|
|Jan. 24||Bolivia||(Santa Cruz, Bolivia)||TBD||TBD|
|Feb. 6||Germany||Alltel Stadium (Jacksonville, Fla.)||1:00 p.m. (ET) /|
|Feb. 21||Chile||Lockhart Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)||3:30 p.m. (ET) /|
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|July 28||New Zealand||Jalisco Stadium (Guadalajara, Mex.)||12:00 p.m. (CT)/|
|Aug. 1||Brazil||Jalisco Stadium (Guadalajara, Mex.)||8:30 p.m. (CT)/|
|Aug. 3||France||Jalisco Stadium (Guadalajara, Mex.)||6:00 p.m. (CT)/|