CHICAGO (Tuesday, October 30, 2001) - The United States Men’s National Team international friendly against 2002 World Cup co-hosts South Korea will air tape-delay on ESPN on Monday, December 10 at 1 p.m. ET. The match will be played Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m. local time (1 a.m. ET) at Jeju Stadium in Seogwipo, Jeju Province and will help open the final newly constructed venue in Korea for the upcoming World Cup finals in the summer of 2002.
The broadcast will mark the first U.S. international friendly match on foreign soil since 1994 - and second ever - to be telecast by the ABC/ESPN family of networks, serving as another landmark telecast for U.S. Soccer during the U.S. Men’s run to the 2002 World Cup. In the past two years, 15 of 16 total U.S. qualifying matches will have been broadcast on the networks, the most in U.S. Soccer history, with the remaining match live on pay-per-view.
The U.S. team is coming off a record-setting performance in which the team qualified for its fourth-consecutive World Cup finals. By virtue of defeating Jamaica 2-1 at Foxboro Stadium on October 7 and both Honduras and Mexico failing to win the same day, the U.S. earned the second of three CONCACAF qualifying berths for 2002 Korea/Japan. The USA will play its remaining match of the final round hexagonal away to Trinidad and Tobago on November 11 (live on ABC at 2 p.m. ET).
The United States has never defeated South Korea, holding a 0-2-1 lifetime record in three previous meetings. The teams last met in a prelude to World Cup USA ’94, drawing 1-1 in Fullerton, California in March of that year. South Korea will be making its fifth straight appearance in the Finals, having qualified for every tournament since 1986 and receiving a berth in next year’s tournament as a host country.
The friendly will follow on the heels of the 2002 World Cup Draw to be held in Busan, Korea on December 1 at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center.