RICH FIDLER - Thursday, March 20, 2008
The United States will face England this summer on May 28th at Wembley National Stadium in London, England according to the US Soccer Federation.
The game will come three years to the day that England traveled to the United States and defeated the Americans 2-1 thanks to a two-goal performance from debutant Kieran Richardson at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.
It will also be around the time when the US is preparing for important World Cup qualifying matches in June, and just after the conclusion of the English domestic club season.
The Red, White and Blue will follow up their trip to England with a proposed trip to Spain on June 4th before finishing off their preparations with a trip home to face South American power Argentina at a yet-to-be determined east coast venue.
The Three Lions, who are now coached by Italy's Fabio Capello, could hand the Los Angeles Galaxy's David Beckham his 100th cap in the game against the Americans. Capello is expected to have his full compliment of players available for the match-up.
For a few Americans it could be their final chance to face off against Premiership quality players, especially with the precarious position of Fulham and Reading near the relegation zone.
Goalkeepers Marcus Hahnemann of Reading and Kasey Keller of Fulham will be expected to make the roster, along with fellow striker Eddie Johnson and midfielders Clint Dempsey and Bobby Convey. A club who will be in the Championship next year, Derby, could provide midfielder Benny Feilhaber for the roster on English ground.
The last time the US played on British soil was at the original Wembley Stadium in the English capital on September 7, 1994 when the home team secured a 2-0 victory thanks to two goals from Alan Shearer over an American team lead by then head coach Bora Milutinovic.
The US's first qualifier will be on June 15th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California against the winner for the first round series between Barbados and Dominica.