Monday, May 27, 2013

RFK to Host Centennial Celebration Match

Jozy Altidore leads Team USA vs. Germany

U.S. Soccer is celebrating 100 years of soccer and will host Germany in an international "friendly" at RFK Stadium this Sunday at 2:30 PM. Labeled the "Centennial Celebration Match," next week's game will mark the first time that U.S. head coach J├╝rgen Klinsmann has faced his former team in competition.

Klinsmann was a key member of Germany's 1990 World Cup winner, and coached the 2006 World Cup squad to a third place finish. Although Germany will be without most of its top stars on Sunday, the U.S. team will be looking to make a good impression before traveling to Jamaica for the first of three key World Cup qualifiers. After visiting Jamaica on June 7th, the U.S. will host Panama (in Seattle) on June 11 and Honduras a week later in Salt Lake City. Currently, the U.S. team stands in third place (ahead of Mexico) for 2014 World Cup qualifying with a 1-1-1 record. The top three teams gain automatic berths, with a fourth team advancing to a play-in match this fall.

Next week's sold-out game will air on ESPN2: RFK had to add temporary seating behind the goals to accomodate the 45,000+ expected fans. In case you couldn't secure a ticket to Sunday's game, you can watch both the German and U.S. teams practice on Saturday at RFK for free. Parking is free too: German practice starts at 11:30 with the U.S. taking the field at 3. Before traveling to DC, Team USA will host another friendly vs. Belgium this Wednesday in Cleveland.