Yanks To Face Socceroos in South Africa

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CHICAGO (March 15, 2010) — The United States will play Australia on June 5 in Roodepoort, South Africa, one week before playing its first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Kickoff at Ruimsig Stadium in suburban Johannesburg is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and at twitter.com/ussoccer.

“The match against Australia gives us a great opportunity challenge the team a week before our opening match of the World Cup,” said U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley. “Australia demonstrated in 2006 that they are a team capable of competing at the World Cup, and a match against a quality opponent on South African soil at that point in our preparations will help our readiness for game against England.”

The match in Roodepoort will come after the USA concludes domestic preparations for the FIFA World Cup with Send-Off Series matches against the Czech Republic on May 25 and Turkey on May 29. The USA will meet the Czechs at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., before traveling to Philadelphia to face Turkey at Lincoln Financial Field.

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9 responses to this post.

  1. Excellent choice especially since it is possible that we could play them in the second round. The Roos also provide an interesting training exercise for the England matchup, aside from the Rooney fellow. While the Three Lions are a much better squad all around, the Roos have many plyers in the Prem who like to play the English style, albeit a little bit of a “stiff-joints” version of that style. And, if England’s midfielders can’t mesh and interplay well together, it would be similar to playing Australia anyways.

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  2. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/15 at 2:45 PM

    I think this will be an excellent (and fairly even) match up for the USA. Australia are a very good team and I feel that their progress is on a similar curve to the USA’s – especially under Hindink and now Verbeek. It will be good for Bradley to pit his wits against a good coach too.

    I don’t think I’d want to play Australia in the tournament… not after we beat them in RWC and The Ashes!

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/15 at 4:04 PM

      Agreed.

      This is good friendly for the US. Austalia is a good, not great team. They have just enough cache that if the Yanks were to lose say 2-0 it would be doomsday in the non-educated US press.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/15 at 4:15 PM

        Like it Matthew, “non-educated US press”. I wouldn’t be surprised if they turned you over. Like you implied, only the non-educated US fans will under-estimate the Aussies.

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        • Posted by KMac on 2010/03/16 at 12:10 PM

          Not to mention in on scenario I worked with my “Group Stages to Final” spreadsheet, we could face the Aussies if we happen to take first in Group C and the Aussies take 2nd in Group D. Don’t worry George Cross : > ! I am not necessarily predicting that, just pointing
          out the possibility. Possible also if we finish 2nd in D and they beat the 2002 Volleyball team, Serbia, and Ghana.

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  3. Posted by i like tuesday on 2010/03/15 at 4:43 PM

    Divided loyalties in this one!

    Australia should present a tough challenge for the US. If anything we (Aussies) are a bit more workmanlike than we (Yanks) are around the park but have better team play.

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  4. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/15 at 4:55 PM

    Tuesday – you having Aussie blood explains a lot!!

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  5. Posted by Swa on 2010/03/15 at 8:18 PM

    Dreadfully off topic but it’s really all I can think about this week…

    A little TSG Madness pool?? Just for fun of course but a chance to alter the discussion for a short time. And a chance to make Matt look silly when Gonzaga bounces the Orange this weekend.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/15 at 8:21 PM

      Ask — as well as Miss Shingaurdian ask and you will receive….actually Miss Shinguardian wants to do this…check the right sidebar.

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