The U.S. men’s national soccer team has scheduled a friendly with El Salvador. The team announced Thursday that the clubs will meet February 24 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. This will be the second of three friendlies for the U.S. team, leading up to the World Cup Finals in June. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic and TeleFutura. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Central time.
The U.S. tried to schedule a friendly with Mexico, but an agreement over broadcasting rights for that match could not be reached. Univision owns the Spanish-language rights to the United States national team while Telemundo broadcasts the Mexican national team. The friendly with El Salvador was scheduled to replace the match with Mexico.
Some fans are critical that the U.S. has scheduled two of its three friendlies against CONCACAF teams. They feel the U.S. is already very familiar with Latin American style of soccer and should be pursuing matches against other international teams from Europe, Asia or Africa to experience their style of play. Nevertheless, the U.S. has played many of the top ranked teams in the world over the last 12 months, games which include a victory against top ranked Spain and a very well played match against Brazil.
The U.S. will play its first friendly against Honduras on Jan 23 in Carson, California. The friendly against Honduras will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision at 8:00 p.m. Central time.
The final tune up will be a friendly against the Netherlands, the third ranked team in the world. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Galavision with kickoff at 1:30 pm central time.
The World Cup finals will be played in South Africa. The U.S. will face England on June 12, Slovenia on June 18 and Algeria on June 23.