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Spain headed to Foxboro in June
March 26th, 2011 12:02AM

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[DATEBOOK] The USA will face World Cup champion Spain on June 4 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., in a rematch of their 2009 Confederations Cup match (TV: ESPN, Univision, live, 4:30 p.m.). The game takes place three days before the U.S. begins group play in the 2011 Concacaf Gold Cup.
 
“Spain is clearly one of the most talented teams in the world,” said U.S. coach Bob Bradley. “We value the opportunity to test ourselves against a team of their quality, and we couldn’t ask for a better match to prepare for the Gold Cup.”
 
The USA's 2-0 win over Spain in the semifinals of the 2009 Confederations Cup was one of its biggest wins in its history and its only win over Spain in four games.

Facing a Spain team that had been on an international record run of 15 consecutive victories and a 35-game unbeaten streak, the Americans won goals by Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey.
 
The USA is 9-1-2 in Foxboro. Spain last played in Foxboro in the quarterfinals of the 1994 World Cup when it lost, 2-1, to Italy.



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  1. David V
    commented on: March 27, 2011 at 11:10 a.m.
    I don't make statements like this lightly.... what a "Stupid" comment by Bob Bradley... "Spain is clearly one of the most talented teams in the world" is what he said. Is that a dig? Is that supposed to be a slap in the face? These are the WORLD CHAMPIONS. Every team has been gunning for Spain since late in 2007 when their year-long (at that time) streak was proving Spain would be a force to reckon with. Only a couple of teams in 4 years have dared to try to attack the Spaniards - can you imagine playing nearly every game for the last 4 years with 11 men behind the ball? Every team playing anti-football, their only hope is a lucky counter attack, but you have to play 11 defenders every game? This is truly a great team, one of the finest in scores of years. Most football critics agree that the 1970 Brazil team was the finest ever, Pelé himself has said that the Spain team of this era are the equal of that 1970 Brazil team. Spain suffered numerous injuries the 6 months prior to the 2010 WC. David Villa, leading scorer in La Liga (yes, ahead of Messi and Ronaldo) half way through the season, injured his shoulder, was out for over a month and never recovered his true form (but tied for most goals in the WC), Torres was injured, and could not help relieve the pressure off of Villa who had to play out of his best position (not at the point). Xavi, the best of an era and at his position, all time, played with a partial torn calf and achilles, Iniesta for a year nursing an injury, the list goes on and on. From the back: Casillas best keeper in the world, Puyol and Pique, best center pair. Xavi (see above), Iniesta, crafty, illusive (Rooney call him the best), Villa, the most prolific goal scorer since 2005 (see Wiki). The world knew it, and it was an ugly WC with teams packing the defence on Spain, and the Dutch (having heard they had no hope of beating Spain from their best ever, Johann C., decided to brutalize and Kung Fu kick their way to a deserved loss in an ugly anti-Football final. Bob Bradley, even a broken clock is correct twice a day... that metaphor was your 2009 Confederations cup experience against Spain. Shame on you, these are the WORLD CHAMPIONS, one of the best of all time.


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