Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Texas gets some US Soccer

At long last it has been confirmed, the US men will play Guatemala on February 19th at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. This marks the first time since 1994* that the US Men will play a match in the Lone Star State.

The game will air live on ESPN2 and Telemundo. Tickets go on sale this Friday (1/13) at 10am CST (buy here).

"The Guatemala game will provide us with another good opponent as we continue to prepare and evaluate players for the 2006 World Cup roster,” U.S Manager Bruce Arena said. “The game at Pizza Hut Park is the first for the Men's National Team in Frisco, and we're excited about playing at one of the finest soccer venues in the United States."

This is a prime example of what a soccer specific stadium can do for a town. The last time the U.S. played a World Cup preparation match in Texas was a 2-2 tie with Bolivia on March 26, 1994 at the Cotton Bowl. Overall, the U.S. has a 6-2-5 record in the state and a 5-1-4 mark in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metropolitan area. The U.S. is unbeaten in Texas in their last 11 matches, with the last loss coming to Ecuador on June 10, 1988, in Houston.

There will be some added fun to this game as Carlos Ruiz of FC Dallas plays for Guatemala. How will he perform on his 'home' field?

One final note, this will probably be the last time to see the national team play on US soil before the World Cup. At the moment only matches in Europe are scheduled beyond this outing.

* Seems that I am about a decade off in my US national team playing in Texas line. Thanks to Eric for his comment about the US playing Mexico in the Cotton Bowl on 28 April, 2004. Here is the match report. I apologize for the lack of factual information in that statement. By the way, the US beat Mexico 1-0.



Anonymous Eric said...

The National Team played Mexico in Dallas in 2004.

10:50 AM  

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