USA To Face Poland In Germany on March 1 in Important & Unique Preparation Match for 2006 FIFA World Cup
CHICAGO (January 22, 2006) — The U.S. Men’s National Team has scheduled a game against Poland in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on March 1, 2006, in one of the most unique games in the team’s 90-year history. The game will be televised live in the United States on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. ET from a city that is home to 50,000 U.S. service personnel in the southwestern part of Germany.
The match against Poland is being staged by U.S. Soccer at Fritz-Walter-Stadion, the site of the USA’s highly anticipated FIFA World Cup match against Italy on June 17. The World Cup game against Italy is the second of three Group E matches for the United States and will be played in the smallest German venue, home to 100,000 Germans and more than 50,000 Americans.
With tickets for all 64 FIFA World Cup games at a premium worldwide, U.S. Soccer has scheduled this critical World Cup preparation match with the goal of making sure the 50,000 U.S. troops and family members in Kaiserslautern have a chance to be a part of the German World Cup experience.
“We are happy to be playing in a community where so many American military personnel and their families will have the opportunity to be a part of the World Cup experience,” said U.S. Manager Bruce Arena. “We look forward to a great atmosphere at the stadium and we think Kaiserslautern is going to be a very pro-American venue in March and again in June.” Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern will seat 48,500 for the World Cup.
Tickets for the USA-Poland match ranging in price levels from 15 € to 125 € will go on sale starting Thursday, February 2, at 10 a.m. CET (Central European Time). Tickets will be available on-line via the FC Kaiserslautern website, by phone from Germany at 01 805 3188 00 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CET / .12 € charge per minute), and at FCK Fan Shops and the Fritz-Walter-Stadion Ticket Office (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CET, Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CET). For fans in the United States, log onto ussoccer.com for more information.
The game couldn’t be any more important in Arena’s preparation for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in that the matchup with Poland falls on the only international fixture date in advance of the tournament, allowing the coach to call in his entire team without restriction.
"The game against Poland accomplishes a number of goals for our preparation for the World Cup," said Arena. "We get the opportunity to play a European opponent, and we have a chance to play in the stadium where we will face Italy in the World Cup in June. It gives our players the ability to familiarize themselves with the venue.”
The match marks the first time in the 472-game history of the U.S. Men’s National Team that the squad will play a stand alone friendly on neutral ground.
Against Poland, the United States has an all-time record of 5-7-2 in 14 match-ups. The teams have met once before on neutral soil, a 3-1 victory for Poland in the teams’ final Group D match at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Daejeon, Korea Republic.
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 before meeting Italy and then finishing 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.
2006 MNT Schedule
Jan. 22 USA vs. CAN Torero Stadium (San Diego, Calif.) 5 p.m. PT More Info
Jan. 29 USA vs. NOR Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.) 2 p.m. PT / ESPN2 & Telemundo More Info
Feb. 10 USA vs. JPN SBC Park (San Francisco, Calif.) 8 p.m. PT / ESPN2 More Info
Feb. 19 USA vs. GUA Pizza Hut Park (Frisco, Texas) 2 p.m. CT / ESPN2 & Telemundo More Info
March 1 USA vs. POL Fritz-Walter-Stadion (Kaiserslautern, Germany) 2 p.m. ET / ESPN2 & TBD / Telemundo --
March 22 GER vs. USA Westfalenstadion (Dortmund, Germany) 2 P.M. ET / ESPN2 & TBD / Telemundo --
June 12 USA vs. CZE * FIFA World Cup Stadium Gelsenkirchen (Gelsenkirchen, Germany) 12 p.m. ET / TBD --
June 17 ITA vs. USA * Fritz-Walter-Stadion (Kaiserslautern, Germany) 3 p.m. ET / TBD --
June 22 GHA vs. USA * Frankenstadion (Nuremberg, Germany) 10 a.m. ET / TBD --
*2006 FIFA World Cup