RICH FIDLER - Friday, October 23, 2009
US Soccer will play Slovakia on November 14th according to a release from the Slovak Football Association, as both teams begin preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa next summer.
The game will take place four days prior to the previously announced engagement with Denmark in Aarhus at NRGi Park. The Danes are another team that have qualified for the World Cup in South Africa, after topping a European qualifying group consisting of traditional qualifiers Portugal and Sweden.
The encounter against Slovakia will take place at Tehelné pole in Bratislava according to the federation release. The home stadium for the Slovakian National Team has a capacity of 30,085 but the aging relic is on the chopping block for its' relatively small size by FIFA standards.
The Slovaks are lead by head coach Vladimir Weiss, a former player who played in the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. He had 19 caps for Czechoslovakia and another 12 caps for Slovakia following the break-up of the former Czechoslovakia.
Among the many stars for Slovakia are Liverpool defender Martin Škrtel and West Bromwich Albion's Marek Čech. Midfielders Marek Hamšík, Miroslav Karhan, and Stanislav Šesták all play for foreign leagues in Germany and Italy while leading goal scorer Róbert Vittek stars for Ligue 1 club Lille in France.
The Eastern European nation finished first in their qualifying group ahead of Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, and Poland and will provide a stern test for Bob Bradley's team.