The schedule change directly affects the United States, which was set to play the World Champions as part of the Group B schedule. As it now stands, the U.S. will face New Zealand, Brazil and Germany in group play.
Germany qualified to represent Europe as the current European Champions (1996) after defeating the Czech Republic in the final in London.
All three of the USA's matches - and the entire Group B schedule - will be played at the Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara. The matches in Group A, which will be contested by Mexico, Egypt, Bolivia and Saudi Arabia, will take place at the Guillermo Cañedo Stadium in Mexico City. The top two teams in each group will advance to the semifinals.
The U.S. National Team will now be playing Germany twice in '99, as a full-international match between the two nations had already been set for Feb. 6 in at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. The match will be the first for the U.S. on home soil in 1999 and the first in Jacksonville since an exciting 2-1 U.S. victory over Israel on June 17, 1997.
The U.S. Men's National Team will open 1999 with matches versus Bolivia (Jan. 24 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia), Germany (Feb. 6 in Jacksonville, Fla.) and Chile (Feb. 21 in Ft. Lauderdale).
The FIFA Confederations Cup was contested under FIFA's auspices for the first time in 1997 and replaced the Intercontinental Championship which was contested in 1992 and 1995. Each of these three tournaments were held in Saudi Arabia.
|June 13, 1993||3-4 L||Chicago, Ill.|
|Dec. 18, 1993||0-3 L||Palo Alto, Calif.|
|June 15, 1998||0-2 L||Paris, France|
|U.S. All-Time Record vs. FIFA/Confederations Cup Opponents|
|New Zealand||0||0||0||0||-||-||First-ever meeting Jan. 10 in Guadalajara|
|Brazil||9||1||8||0||4||23||USA wins 1-0 in Gold Cup semifinal|
|Germany||3||0||3||0||3||9||0-2 defeat in France opens World Cup '98|