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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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