May 28, 2010
BRING ON BRAZIL
U.S. to play 5 time Champs in New Jersey
Less than one month after the end of the World Cup, the United States will play host to the five-time World Cup champions Brazil on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
|The New Meadowlands Stadium will host an international friendly between the U.S. and Brazil on Aug. 10.
Photo by Michael Lewis
It will be the first time the U.S. will play at the new stadium. Mexico and Ecuador played the first international match at the new stadium, a scoreless draw on May 8. The stadium, which is home to the New York Giants and Jets of the National Football League, was just this week awarded the Super Bowl in 2014 and is a part of the United States’ 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bid.
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the match live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer.
"It is always an exciting opportunity when you have the chance to play one of the best teams in the world.” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “We are constantly seeking ways to challenge our team and continue to raise the bar, and these types of matches are an important part of that process. The New York metropolitan area is home to some of the best soccer fans in the country, and we expect it will be a tremendous crowd at the New Meadowlands Stadium.”
Ticket information will be available in the near future.
The match is expected to be played with stars from both teams. A sellout crowd is expected for Brazil’s first appearance in the New York area in 14 years, when they played as part of a doubleheader with the Major League Soccer All-Star Game.
“The New Meadowlands Stadium is thrilled to host U.S. Soccer, especially for such a special match, the team’s first following the World Cup,” said Mark Lamping, president and CEO of the New Meadowlands Stadium Co.
The teams last met in the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, where the U.S. jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan before Brazil rallied for a 3-2 victory.
The U.S. will play their final home match before departing for South Africa when they face Turkey on May 29 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (tickets), where more than 50,000 tickets have already been sold. ESPN2 and Galavision will broadcast the match live beginning at 2 p.m. ET.