March 15, 2010
U.S. vs. Australia in South Africa on June 5
CHICAGO — The United States will take on Australia in Roodepoort, South Africa on June 5, one week before playing its first match of the 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,” U.S. national coach Bob Bradley said in a statement. “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 U.S. concludes domestic preparations for the World Cup with Send-Off Series matches against the Czech Republic in East Hartford, Conn. May 25 and Turkey in Philadelphia May 29.
Australia, ranked No. 23 in the world, has qualified for its second consecutive World Cup. After making the second round in Germany as a side from the Oceania Football Confederation, the Socceroos switched to the Asian Football Confederation where they have asserted themselves as one of the strongest teams in the region. Australia posted a 6-0-2 record in the final round of WC qualifying, allowing one goal as they finished first in their group.
The U.S. holds a 0-1-1 record against Australia. The teams last met on Nov. 6, 1998, in San Jose, Calif., playing out a scoreless draw at Spartan Stadium. Six years earlier the teams contested a match in Orlando, Fla., with Australia recording 1-0 victory.
Australia will play in Group D with Germany, Serbia and Ghana. The Aussies open play against Germany in Durban June 13 and face Ghana in Rustenburg June 19. Australia rounds out its group play with a match against Serbia in Nelspruit June 23. A rematch could be in order should the U.S. and Australia advance from their groups: Group C and Group D cross over to meet each other in the second round.
The Americans have been drawn into Group C with England, Slovenia and Algeria. They will open their sixth consecutive WC against England in Rustenburg June 12 and follow that against Slovenia in Johannesburg June 18 and Algeria in Tshwane/Pretoria June 23.