U.S. Men’s National Team to face Czech Republic in September


While most U.S. Soccer fans have their eyes set on this summer’s World Cup, the USSF is thinking well beyond the tournament in Brazil.

The U.S. Men’s National Team will travel out to Prague on September 3rd to face the Czech Republic.

“While we are focused on preparing for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we must always look ahead and therefore we are thrilled to get this match against the Czech Republic,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in a USSF statement. “Historically, they have a very good team, and they are going to be preparing for a huge challenge against the Netherlands in their opening game of qualifying for the European Championships, so we expect this to be a tough match and another good benchmark for our team.”

The Czech Republic fell short of qualifying for the World Cup despite a talented roster, including Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky and Chelsea’s Petr Cech. Currently the 30th ranked country by FIFA, the Czechs will make for a quality opponent — one the United States have failed to overcome on three separate occasions (the U.S. are 0-3-0 against the Czechs since 1990).

“We wanted an attractive opponent and for the next qualifying match against the Netherlands. We believe that Team USA will appeal to our fans and will come good visit,” said Czech FA Secretary General Rudolf Repka.

This is the first match the U.S. Men’s National team have planned post-World Cup. The next MNT friendly will see the U.S. take on long-time rival Mexico on April 2nd at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.