JAMIE HILL - Saturday, July 9, 2011
The USSF announced that the US men's national team will face Mexico in a friendly on August 10 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia in a repeat of the 2011 Gold Cup final.
The match will be the United States' first since the team was trounced by El Tri in Pasadena on June 25 by a 4-2 scoreline.
Bob Bradley is likely to assemble a squad with a number of new faces for the friendly as the US program searches for the next generation of players. The period between the Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying is often the most experimental. After a Gold Cup campaign that was marred by several disappointing results, the pressure to quickly integrate new talent into the team will be increased.
The August 10 match comes at an inconvenient time for many players based in Europe. The Premier League begins play on August 13 and the Bundesliga kicks off on August 5. Accordingly, it is possible that the US squad will be drawn mainly from the ranks of MLS and leagues with a lengthier break for this international date, such as Norway.
The USSF had previously announced two friendlies in the beginning of September. The Red, White, and Blue will play Costa Rica at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA on September 2 and Belgium in Brussels on September 6.