[DATEBOOK] Juergen Klinsmann won't wait long to get his first test as U.S. men's national team coach. The USA will face Mexico Aug. 10 in Philadelphia. The irony, of course, is that Klinsmann's objection to playing Mexico in a friendly in 2007 was believed to be a stumbling block when negotiations between the German and U.S. Soccer broke down in late 2006.
Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. ET and the match will be broadcast liv e on ESPN2, ESPN3.com and Univision.
The USA will then play a pair of friendlies in September, hosting Costa Rica on Sept. 2 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., before traveling to face Belgium four days later in Brussels.
The USA, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba have been given byes to the third round of World Cup 2014 qualifying, which means the USA will play no official matches under Klinsmann until next year.
It remains to be determined what role Klinsmann will have with the U.S. under-23 team that will take part in qualifying for the 2012 Olympics in March 2012.
The men's soccer tournament will take place July 25-Aug. 11 at six venues in England, Scotland and Wales.
If the same schedule that was used for 2010 World Cup qualifying is adopted, the third round of World Cup 2014 qualifying in the Concacaf region would start Aug. 8.