December 16, 2009
U.S. to play at Netherlands March 3
The United States will play third-ranked Netherlands in Amsterdam March 3, allowing the U.S. to face one of the top teams in the world prior to the start of the World Cup in South Africa.
Kickoff at the Amsterdam ArenA is set for 2:30 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision.
With the match falling on the only FIFA international fixture date before training camp begins for the World Cup, this game provides the one chance to have the full team together before coach Bob Bradley selects the group that will gather prior to the USA’s departure for South Africa.
“We are very excited about the chance to play a team with the quality of the Netherlands,” Bradley said. “During the past three years we have tried to challenge ourselves against the best opponents in different environments, and having the chance to play in Holland prior to the World Cup is a great opportunity for our group as we continue the preparations for South Africa.”
The Netherlands will be the eighth team that the U.S. has played in 12 months that has qualified for the World Cup, including the teams that are ranked as the top four in the world – Spain, Brazil, the Netherlands and Italy.
The U.S. will face the Dutch for the fourth time in history, the hosts holding a 3-0-0 record. The teams last met Feb. 18, 2004, at the same venue, with Holland walking out 1-0 winners. The U.S. met Holland in a World Cup year, falling 2-0 on May 29, 2002, in Foxborough, Mass. in the final Send Off match before the USA went on the historic run to the quarterfinals of Korea/Japan.