December 13, 2010
U.S. Men to face Pharoahs Feb. 9 in Cairo
CHICAGO-- The U.S. Men’s National Team will face seven-time and current Africa Cup of Nations champion Egypt on Feb. 9 at the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo. Kickoff and broadcast information will be announced at a later date.
“Egypt is an extremely talented and competitive team,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “Their performances in the Confederations Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations have demonstrated their ability to challenge the top teams in the world. To play against the champions of Africa in what will be a fantastic environment in Cairo is a great opportunity as we get ready for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.”
The U.S. will face Egypt for the first time since defeating the Pharoahs 3-0 in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Charlie Davies, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey provided the goals, sending the United States through to the tournament semifinals, where they defeated No.1-ranked and current FIFA World Cup Champion Spain. The two teams have met on only one other occasion, a 3-1 U.S. victory on June 8, 1987, in Seoul, South Korea.
Currently ranked No. 10 in the world, Egypt has been one of the dominant sides on the African continent, and has won three straight Africa Cup of Nations titles. Going undefeated through all six matches of this year’s tournament in Angola, the Egyptians piled in 16 goals, including five by Mohamed Nagy, also known as ‘Gedo’. Team captain Ahmed Hassan, who was named Player of the Tournament in 2010, is the third most capped player in world history, with 175 international appearances for Egypt. He is just three shy of the all-time leader, Mohammed Al Deayea from Saudi Arabia.
Egypt barely missed out on qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, losing in a one-game playoff to Algeria.