Monday, August 13, 2007

US men to say no to Mexico, will play Brazil on Sept. 9 instead

The US men have pulled out of their match against Mexico at Estadio Azteca on September 9 and will play Brazil at Soldier Field in Chicago instead. They are calling it a "Clash of Champions" as the match pits the Concacaf and Conmebol cup winners.

"It is a very exciting opportunity for our players to get to play perhaps the most storied team in the world,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “We have developed a tremendous schedule for 2007, and adding Brazil is another important piece of the puzzle as we continue to build our team towards World Cup qualifying next year. I have told our players many times that these are special games, and we need to take advantage of the opportunity. We are very much looking forward to the challenge.”

Brazil is expected to bring their top-tier talent to this match and with Brazil on the bill, Bob Bradley should have an easier time getting European based players over.

As much fun as it would have been fun to play in Azteca, getting a fixture with Brazil is not something you can turn down. We all wanted tougher matches, well it is hard to get tougher then this.

Ticked for the match will go on sale Friday. The game will air live at 4pm ET/1pm PT on ESPN2 and Univision.

One bad thing about this game, it will compete against the NE-DC MLS match airing live on TeleFutura at 3pm ET. Also, ever team except Kansas City has a game that weekend.

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