August 30, 2010
USA TO FACE COLOMBIA
Game set for Philadelphia’s PPL Park
CHICAGO--- The U.S. Men’s National Team will host South American rivals Colombia on Oct. 12 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Kickoff for the USA’s first match on the Chester waterfront is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision.
"One of the important parts of developing the program is to expose the team to different experiences, and Colombia presents a difficult challenge,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “We are thrilled to be heading back to Philadelphia where we received such a great sendoff prior to the World Cup. The new PPL Park is a fantastic facility, and we are happy to have the opportunity to play in another of the growing number of soccer specific stadiums in the United States.”
The U.S. holds a 3-9-3 all-time record against the 2001 Copa America champions. Their most famous meeting came in group play of the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where an Columbia’s Andres Escobar scored an own goal that that led to a 2-1 U.S. win, propelling them into the second round, and is believed to have led to his murder back in Colombia a short time thereafter. The teams last met during the 2007 Copa America, where a young U.S. side fell 1-0 on July 5, 2007, in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
The U.S. National Team will return to Philadelphia - one of 18 cities included in the USA's bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022 – for only the third time since 1990, and will play their first match at the new home of Philadelphia Union. Most recently, the USA captured a 2-1 victory against Turkey in the final match before the team departed for South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. More than 55,000 fans saw goals from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey that built the momentum heading into the tournament where the U.S. finished first in group play for the first time in 80 years.
Prior to the Colombia match, the U.S. will take on Poland on Oct. 9 at Soldier Field in Chicago (8pm ET). A third match is reportedly in the works against a European opponent to be played in Europe.