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High-visibility match to be played at Meadowlands
May 29th, 2010 2:42AM

TAGS:  brazil, men's national team, world cup 2022


[USA-BRAZIL] Four years ago, the USA didn't play a game the rest of the year after the World Cup.

In 1998 and 2002, it went more than four months before playing a friendly after the World Cup.

This year, the Americans will be back in action less than a month after the final in South Africa, and the game will be a biggie ...

The U.S. national team play will play its first game at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Aug. 10 when its hosts five-time world champion Brazil.

A sellout crowd is expected for Brazil's first appearance in the New York area in 14 years.

The high-visibility game is of importance to U.S. Soccer since less than four months later FIFA will decide the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The USA is a leading candidate to host the 2022 World Cup.

The U.S. national team didn't play a game in 2006 after the World Cup finals because it did not have a head coach. Bruce Arena's contract was not renewed, and a replacement -- Bob Bradley as interim coach -- was not found until late in the year after Juergen Klinsmann turned down the job.

  1. Fernando Paz
    commented on: May 29, 2010 at 9:05 a.m.
    USSF have you guys thought of playing in Seattle. If you throw some of the Sounders players that have capped for the USMNT. You would for sure have a sell out crowd. Soccer is huge in the NorthWest. Good showing for FIFA if you want the World Cup here. GO SOUNDERS!
  1. Rick Taylor
    commented on: May 31, 2010 at 6:15 a.m.
    Absouletly! Sounder games draw bigger crowds than anyone, and they know how to sing, dance, and celebrate the game! Why can't Seattle get a real USMNT game in stead of the occasional CONCACAF cup gig.

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