U.S. To Host Five-Time World Cup Champions Brazil on Aug. 10 at New Meadowlands Stadium
CHICAGO (May 28, 2010) — The U.S. Men’s National Team will play host to a truly special match when five-time World Cup champion Brazil comes to New Jersey on Tuesday, August 10 for the first meeting between the two nations at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the match live online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer.
“The New Meadowlands Stadium is thrilled to host U.S. Soccer, especially for such a special match, one of the team’s first following the World Cup,” said Mark Lamping, President and CEO of the New Meadowlands Stadium Company. “This announcement caps an unprecedented week of success for the Stadium, one that included our official selection as host of the 2014 Super Bowl, and three sold-out Bon Jovi performances as our opening concert series.”
Ticket information will be released in the near future.
"It is always an exciting opportunity when you have the chance to play one of the best teams in the world,” said U.S. Head Coach Bob Bradley. “We are constantly seeking ways to challenge our team and continue to raise the bar, and these types of matches are an important part of that process. The New York metropolitan area is home to some of the best soccer fans in the country, and we expect it will be a tremendous crowd at the New Meadowlands Stadium.”
The U.S. has only one victory in the lifetime series against Brazil, holding a 1-14-0 record overall in meetings dating back to 1930. The lone win came on February 10, 1998, in Los Angeles during the Gold Cup, with Preki Radosavljevic tallying the game-winner and Kasey Keller turning in a magical performance which Brazilian legend Romario described as “the greatest performance I have ever seen from a goalkeeper.” The teams last met in the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, where the U.S. jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan before Brazil rallied for a 3-2 victory.
The U.S. played six times in the former Giants Stadium, collecting a 3-1-2 record. After defeating Panama in the final of the 2005 Gold Cup, the U.S. played then No. 1-ranked Argentina to a thrilling 0-0 draw on June 8, 2008, in front of more than 78,000 fans.
The New Meadowlands Stadium will set the standard for venue excellence, with state-of-the-art technology, comfort and amenities. With a full seating capacity of 82,500 the New Meadowlands Stadium will be the third-largest stadium in the National Football League. Highlights include four massive 30' X 118' HD video display boards in each of the stadium corners; a 48" X 1810' ribbon board that circles the interior bowl; 2100 + HD Monitors throughout the stadium; and 20 HD video pylons ranging in size from 20' X 40' to 20' X 60'.
Outside the stadium, a 350,000-square-foot outdoor plaza boasts fan-centric activities and pregame entertainment zones. A signature amenity of the stadium is the brand new rail line that drops off passengers directly in front of the stadium.
The U.S. will play their final home match before departing for South Africa when they face Turkey on May 29 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (tickets), where more than 45,000 tickets have already been sold. ESPN2 and Galavision will broadcast the match live beginning at 2 p.m. ET. ESPN will have a 30-minute pregame show beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET. The United States will play one final friendly before the tournament begins, this time on South African soil when they face Australia on June 5 at Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
The U.S. Men's National Team has been drawn into Group C with England, Slovenia and Algeria for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The U.S. will open its sixth consecutive World Cup finals tournament against England on June 12 in Rustenburg, and will follow that game with matches against Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg and Algeria on June 23 in Tshwane/Pretoria.